The term “environmental responsibility” is widely known – with public awareness of the importance of protecting the planet, it is increasingly mentioned in the media.
The nowadays condition of the global climate and the continuing depletion of natural resources prove that environmental protection must be our first priority.
According to its high importance, the care of the environment should be at the centre of any construction project, either existing or only being developed. This simple concept can improve the quality of life of the population, as well as increase the attractiveness of the property for investors.
Dubai is aware of the importance of protecting the environment and its provision for future generations, as a result of which it seeks to become one of the most environmentally friendly regions of the world.
The government of the emirate adopted a number of new regulations under the general title of the Green Building Code (Code of Environmental Construction), which requires builders and developers to take into account the requirements for environmental protection in the design and construction of new facilities.
Norms that must be fully implemented relate to such areas as the rational use of energy, water and building materials, as well as the creation of a healthy external and internal environment of the building.
Representatives of the construction industry in Dubai have reacted positively to the new legislation and have committed themselves to the construction of facilities that meet the highest environmental standards.
The government of the emirate has undertaken to make Dubai one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world. One of the key aspects of this direction is environmentally friendly construction and use of environmentally friendly technologies as one of the bases for growth.
The future environment of Dubai will be characterized by a low level of carbon, ecological infrastructure and high-tech buildings. The properties will use environmentally friendly solutions, such as energy-saving air-conditioning units, recycled building materials and renewable energy systems for heating and cooling the building, and automated thermostats.
Green building standards
Dubai’s eco-friendly construction standards are a key element of the 2030 Integrated Energy Strategy, which aims to assess the useful time for using solar energy and promote openness with respect to environmental friendliness.
Despite the fact that these standards previously only applied to government buildings, the scope of these standards has been expanded and now includes private buildings, since 70% of all energy consumed in Dubai is used in buildings. 80% of this energy is spent on heating and cooling the building, and the government of the emirate intends to reduce this figure to 30% by 2030.
These government figures show that in the next five years almost half a billion square feet will be built in the emirate, and all new facilities will comply with the Code of Environmental Construction.
These standards list almost 80 specifications relating to the production of building materials and regulate the activities of suppliers, developers and intermediaries.
These standards are not only applied to new projects, but also apply to existing buildings. It was found that 50,000 of the 130,000 properties in Dubai will necessarily undergo modernization in order to ensure their compliance with the requirements of environmental rationality.
DUBAI, 23rd December, 2017 Etihad Energy Services Company, Etihad ESCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has signed a service agreement with ENOC Group to retrofit ENOC service stations with improved air conditioning and lighting with automation and install solar photovoltaic, PV, systems.
The agreement was signed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of Etihad ESCO and MD & CEO of DEWA, and Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC.
Under this agreement, Etihad ESCO will improve energy efficiency at the ENOC service station, and upon successful completion, it will be rolled out to other stations. The entire project is expected to aid ENOC in cutting down its energy consumption by more than 36 percent for the next seven years.
Etihad ESCO aims to make Dubai one of the most sustainable cities in the world and support local and international ESCOs to grow and thrive.